March 8 – Saltmen of Tibet

Saltmen of Tibet – Swiss-German-Tibet – 1998 – Documentary. For this Swiss-German documentary, filmmaker/Sinologist Ulrike Koch sneaked cameras into Tibet in order to film four men and 160 yak in a 2,000-year-old ritual — the annual spring pilgrimage to gather raw salt at remote lakes, a three-month Himalayan trek. Camping along the way, they engage… Continue reading March 8 – Saltmen of Tibet

April 26 – Vanaja

Vanaja – India – 2006 – Drama.  “Vanaja is a timeless story of dignity maintained against all odds.” Tom Keough, Seattle Times.  “Stunning portrait of caste oppression in South India, as well as the struggle of a young woman from the lower caste’s to elevate herself through dance.” Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.review. Vanaja is fifteen, beautiful and far… Continue reading April 26 – Vanaja

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox – India – 2014 – Comedy/Romance.  “The Lunchbox is the kind of picture that envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries.” Jess Lomas, Quickflix Middle class housewife Ila hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox… Continue reading The Lunchbox

Departures

Departures – Japan – 2009 – Drama. “A moving celebration of life through showing reverence for death.” Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter.   Daigo, an unemployed cellist, answers a classified ad for a company called “Departures,” mistakenly assuming that he will be working for a travel agency.  Upon discovering that he will actually be preparing the bodies of the… Continue reading Departures

Cave of the Yellow Dog

Cave of the Yellow Dog – Mongolia – 2005 – Drama/documentary.  Follow the life of a 6-year old Mongolian girl and the dog she adopts in spite of her father’s disapproval. “This is no heart-tugging family drama; rather it’s a contemplative, compassionate portrait of a hardy people. Offered as a borderline documentary, it proceeds in… Continue reading Cave of the Yellow Dog